The Five Basic Principles of Online Marketing

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The Five Basic Principles of Online Marketing

Ask the experts about the most vital parts of online marketing, and you’ll invariably come up with a list of five major responses. These five critical online marketing principles are:

1. Dead-ends

2. Giving and selling

3. Trust

4. Push and pull

5. Niche marketing

The dead-end principle means that your web marketing effort can’t just exist. It must give prospective customers a reason to look around and take action. Otherwise, it’s the same as having them see your ad, then turn around and go elsewhere – your ad was a dead-end to them, they didn’t get anything out of it. No matter how informative your website is, with gorgeous graphics and a winning layout, if it does not encourage your visitors to take certain actions, then it is just taking up web space and isn’t actually filling a purpose. Therefore, when you’re designing your web marketing strategy, before even building your site, you’ll need to ask yourself how you’ll obtain your visitors. You’ll then need to choose which activities will get you to these results, and which of them can be done in-house, as others are outsourced.

The giving and selling principle refers to the fact that when people shop online, they expect to receive something a little extra. Therefore, one fantastic method for attracting customers to your website is to give something to them for free, and then attempt to sell them something else. The strategy typically goes as follows: the first step is to attract people to your site using a good amount of free information. The second step is to inform these prospective customers about your products and services. The free stuff doesn’t need to be something tangible. Even the information has value, and then once they’re hooked, they’re ready to learn about what you have to sell them.

Trust is an extremely important principle for web marketing. In fact, many experts believe that it is the most important of all the other principles for selling your products and services. Without this trust, people simply won’t buy from you and you won’t have a business. Trust is built in a number of ways. This can include selling well known and respected name brands, by clearly displaying your privacy, shipping, and return policies, by joining well known and respected organizations, and by offering guarantees that you’ll stand by. A customer-friendly system based on quality and transparency allows you to build your credibility and will earn the trust of your prospective customers, leading to more sales of your products and services.

The push and pull principle works by pulling people into your website using attractive content, and then pushing your information to them on a regular basis using email. This can be done in a number of ways; most commonly, this has to do with opt-in programs such as newsletters and updates about sales and other promotions. Since websites are relatively passive, it is extremely useful to add an active element to your marketing campaign that will remind your prospective customers of your existence, and entice them to act on what you have to offer.

Niche marketing has become a vital part of the web marketing industry. It is a recognized fact that to be successful, especially with an online business, you need to know your niche, and market directly to them. With a small business, finding the niche must be filled in order to give them enough leverage against the competition. A niche allows a business, no matter how large or small, to focus on a certain corner of the marketplace, limiting the competition, and focusing on the precise type of person who is most likely to become a customer. The key to niche marketing is to begin with a business plan to identify and define your focus and purpose, and then build your website and marketing strategy based upon the vision you’ve outlined. This encourages consistency and accuracy throughout your web marketing efforts.

All of these principles are very important to creating a successful marketing strategy online. By making sure that these principles are all fulfilled, you can be certain that you’ll increase your number of new visitors, and – perhaps more importantly – encourage past and current customers to return.
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Hidden Ways to Get into Google

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Hidden Ways to Get into Google

Everyone is concerned about their Google rankings. An algorithm change or an update can leave many a webmaster in tears.

However, I often like to sneak in through the back door. So today I’m going to reveal to you some of my Google secrets. After you look closely, you will find that there is much more to Google than meets the eye and I want you to take advantage of every resource. So, let’s look behind the scenes into Google’s lab.

Google Base

Google Base was launched in November of 2005. Google base describes itself as “a place where you can add all types of information that we’ll host and make searchable online”. Now, if that isn’t a webmaster’s dream, I don’t know what is.

Your item could be almost anything: your products, research papers, articles, or press releases. You can describe all of your items so that you can zone in on your targeted visitor. In addition, your items may also get included in the main Google search index, Froogle, and Google Local.

Anyone with a Google account can use this service, so why not give it a try. Google base is the perfect way to get an additional audience for your content.
To find out more about Google Base, visit  http://base.google.com/base/about.html

Google Local

Getting your products into Google local can put your items in front of some serious buyers. People often go to Google Local looking for a specific item or service in a particular geographic area. So, if you own a small business, Google Local is the perfect opportunity to increase your reach without spending lots of advertising dollars.

Froogle

Froogle offers searchers a directory of products by category, a searchable index of online products, and the ability to narrow searches by price range. By putting your products into Froogle, you can get some very targeted, qualified traffic to your website.

So, how do you get into Froogle? Well, Google has already been actively searching the web for online product catalogs. For many online merchants, there’s a good chance that Froogle already has some of your products listed.

However, one of the best ways to get into the Froogle directory is by providing them with a data feed that lists your products, descriptions, pricing, and URLs. This allows you to fully optimize your listings.

To get the most out of Froogle, you’ll want to make your product description clear and enticing. Create titles that not only have targeted keywords, but also encourage the visitor to click-through to your site.

Once they are at your site, it is important to upsell and cross-sell. Otherwise you will be throwing potential profits down the drain. Make the most out of every Froogle referral.

When someone does decide to make a purchase from you, be sure to capture their name and email address. This way you can develop a relationship with them and offer them related products in the future.

Now, onto a facet of Google that you certainly won’t want to miss out on.

Google Blog Search

This is one of the best ways to get some additional listings in Google. If you have a website, why not start a blog. By starting a blog, you can be indexed on a number of blog searches, including Google Blog search. This area of marketing is largely untapped, so it is the perfect time to get your particular niche grounded in these specialty search engines.

To get your blog listed you simply need to ping an updating service such as weblogs.com. It’s as simple as that. If you are using WordPress, you can set it up to where your blog pings the major services every time you make a post.

You can have multiple listings in the Google Blog Search because they list specific posts as well as entire blogs.

Google Video

Google Video allows you to have your very own tv show on one of the largest search engines on the internet. This is a form of multimedia that is certainly gaining popularity online. Right now it is in a growth stage and it’s one of the perfect times to get in and be one of the first one’s in your particular market. Videos are also a great selling point if you have a product that can be demonstrated. With Google video, you can now have your very own infomercial indexed in the search engines. Of course, you’ll want to provide some great content too. To check out this new technology, go to http://video.google.com

Google News

Want to get your article and even your picture into Google News? Well, it’s really not that hard. The first step is to go to http://www.americanchronicle.com, Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on the link that says “submit work”. From there you can sign up to be a contributor.

If accepted as a contributor, you will then be able to submit articles along with a picture. Many of their articles are syndicated on Google News and will be available to the millions of searchers who go to Google News each and every day.

If you are looking to get your press release into Google News, all you have to do is submit your press release to prleap. As you can see, there’s certainly no need to pay money to get into Google News.

Now that you know about the many faces of Google, you will be able to use many of these hidden tactics to your advantage. You see, there are so many people who just don’t put in the extra effort required get exceptional results.

This puts you at a great advantage over atleast 70% of webmasters online today.
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7 Free Search Engine Optimization and Writing Tools

7 Free Search Engine Optimization and Writing Tools

Traffic. Everyone wants free traffic, and what better way to get it than optimizing your site?

There are some very simple things that you can do to optimize your site. If you want to get more from your website, then implement these strategies, use these tools, and make your website spider food for the search engines.

Below are some of the best sites I have found for optimizing my sites.

1. Check your site.
Before you start tweaking your site, you need to make sure that it’s either in Google or not banned by Google.

The truth is, you want to optimize your site for Google, which is now the number one search engine in the world.

It won’t do you any good to optimize your site if Google won’t accept it.

Use this tool to check your site.

Google Banned – http://www.googlebanned.com

2. Toolkits
If you can find the tools you need in a collection, this will save you a lot of time, as well as frustration because you will know exactly what you need to do to properly optimize your site.

You’ll want to check different aspects of your site like page rank, metatag information, and links. Nothing will drive your potential customers away faster than broken links.

This site, in addition to offering a forum on search engine optimization, also offers a nice collection of tools for helping you optimize your site.

SEO Chathttp://www.seochat.com/seo-tools

These two sites also offer search engine optimization tools. It’s really a matter of preference, as well as what tools you need to optimize your site.

Add Me – http://www.addme.com
Evrsoft – http://www.evrsoft.com

3. SEO Software
You can also use software to help you optimize your site. Where software will help you the most is to actually help you optimize your site for the keywords you are trying to target. It’s a waste of time to optimize your site if you haven’t optimized for the right keywords.

This is the software I use, and it’s free. It works for both MAC and PC, and it has some of the best documentation I’ve ever seen on search engine optimization because it’s written for the average person. It also includes a basic search engine optimization training course, a 50 page manual, and excellent, step by step directions for preparing your website for the search engines.

Web CEO – http://www.webceo.com

4. ROR Generator/Robots Text Generator
A what?

ROR is similar to a robots.txt file in that it gives information about your site. The difference is that an ROR file is in XML format.

You can use this generator to create an ROR file for your site, and then paste a button to the main page of your website. When the search engines spider your site, they’ll spider this file and have a better description of what your site is about.

I would also recommend that you create a robots.txt file because this will tell the search engines what not to spider on your site. If you own a members’ area, or you sell anything, you don’t want the search engines spidering your download pages.

ROR Generator – http://www.rorweb.com/rorgenerator.php

Robots Text Generator – http://www.searchenginepromotionhelp.com/m/robots-text-creator/simple-ro…

5. Site Map
A site map is not only a great tool for letting your customers know where everything is located on your site, it can also help you with the search engines.

By creating a site map, you will have an index of all the pages on your website. When the search engines spider your site, they’ll find all of the pages. This will help you with your rankings.

Creating a site map, especially if you have hundreds, or even thousands of pages on your site, can be very time consuming. This generator will speed up the process.

Spider Map Creator – http://www.searchenginepromotionhelp.com/m/spider-map/creator.php

6. XML Site Generator
Google is now offering webmasters a chance to submit an XML site map.

An XML sitemap is a search engine friendly sitemap of your site. This isn’t written for your visitors though. It’s written for the search engines so that they can find all of the pages on your website.

Even if you include a sitemap on your site for your visitors, I would still recommend that you use an XML sitemap. This can speed the process of getting your site indexed by Google. This is an easy way to make sure that all of your pages get indexed.

Creating a sitemap is easy. You can use the generator listed below. Once you’ve created your sitemap, submit it to Google.

XML Site Maps – http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/index.php

Submit your sitemap to Google – https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/login

7. Linking
There’s been a lot of talk about linking because linking is one of the most important strategies for getting high ranking in the search engines.

The more links you have pointing back to your site, the higher the page rank you will get, as well as creating a way for others to find you. You can use this strategy to get referrals from other sites, which is free traffic. It’s targeted, and you are being recommended by another site.

Before building your linking strategy though, you should check your popularity. See who you are linked to first.

Link Popularity Checker – http://www.marketleap.com/siteindex/default.htm

Once you have checked your link popularity, begin by building links back to your site. Below are two sites that offer directories you can submit your site to.

Directory Manager – http://www.123promotion.co.uk/directorymanager/

Free directories that don’t require a link back – http://www.directoriezsubmission.com/free-web-directories.htm

Linking can drive a lot of traffic to your site. The more backlinks you have pointing back to your site, the more popular it will be. You’ll also get a lot more traffic.

Before you start to market, complete your site. Optimize it for the search engines, and use these tools to help you get higher rankings.

 

Scamwatch

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http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/725687/fromItemId/694357

The best site on scams I found on the net(go and see what scams are out there, they have a long list with thousands of scams):

Why is scamming a popular crime on the internet http://www.bizymoms.com/scams/scamming.html
There are several reasons why scamming is a popular crime on the internet. Here is a look at why this is true,- Scammers can reach a large number of people online – The internet is a place where you can connect to millions of people who are online. The internet is very popular among most local and international scammers. Scammers have the advantage to obtain a lot of information about people on the internet.

– Scammers cannot be easily traced – Scammers work online mostly because they are smart enough not to be traced. They work from various locations and even the FBI finds it impossible to trace back to the scammers very easily.

– Global reach – Scammers can work from any country. These scammers can be in China or Africa but they manage to scam you in Australia or the US. There are no restrictions for scammers on the internet. They can be connected globally to anyone and chat to anyone. Scammers use the internet to promote scams on dating sites as well.

– Less restrictions – There is no restrictions at all. Scammers usually work from a very central place and therefore don’t have any restrictions or laws that can restrict them with their fraudulent acts as these scams go unnoticed. Laws are often lenient on money matters and taxes in African countries thereby making it more vulnerable.

– Transfer money without being traced – Online payments are becoming more convenient and less time consuming, to many who use online banking but what these people don’t know is that scammers are out to trick these people by way of a scam to transfer money to them. That’s not all scammers also use various online methods to hack into banking records and use these to scam people and transfer money online without being traced.

– Impossible to find out the truth – Victims are baffled at how scammers get away with crime. These victims are annoyed, angry and worried as to how these scammers obtain personal information and their identities. But as said before there is no such impossible act on the internet.

– Contact details can’t be traced – Scammers provide Po box addresses and number of mobile phones, which cannot be traced easily by the authorities or the victims.

– Scammers can use public property to commit a crime – Most scammers use public cafés to promote their scam and lure unsuspecting victims into going ahead with the scam. Cafés cannot be traced and even if they have, the scammers have long left the café, making it impossible to be traced.

– Scammers can make a fast get away – Scammers using the internet only need to unplug their laptop or flash drive and make a fast getaway if they know the authorities are after them. Some scammers are nabbed in internet cafes promoting scams that are saved on their flash drives. Some of these scammers were caught in the act.

– Scammers can operate from any environment – Be it a crowded room or an isolated restaurant, scammers can adapt to any environment. Their working conditions don’t matter as long as they are successful at getting money from their scam they are less bothered about anything else.

Scammers do work with a very strange state of mind and the more people they manage to scam the higher their confidence levels to carry out more scams on the internet.

http://www.wisegeek.com/

The term scamming is slang for defrauding or swindling, and is often used to describe fraudulent Internet business schemes. This type of trickery involves gaining someone else’s possessions or money under false pretenses. While the term is widely used on the Internet, people have been scamming one another in person for hundreds of years. In fact, the elderly have a high risk of being scammed because they are targeted due to their likelihood of having money to spend. Depending on how the scam is undergone, it may be illegal in the country it takes place.

There are thousands of different scams, each one designed to play on a person’s desires, fears, or other emotions. For example, money-making scams promise fast money to solve all a person’s financial woes. A less dramatic scam is one that promises an outcome that seems plausible, like a spray that protects a house roof so that it can last 20 years longer. People are often motivated to make money, save money, or even help relatives in need, but do not pause to investigate the scam because the scammer makes the situation sound urgent. Even if they fall for the scam, sometimes the scammer sticks around to scam again and again.

9 Methods To Get Higher Website Conversion And Generate More MLM Leads

9 Methods To Get Higher Website Conversion And Generate More MLM Leads

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Many people in the network marketing industry rely on working off the Internet in their local and warm market or following old school recruiting techniques like calling mlm phone leads.

Many are reluctant to use those techniques. Many have had disappointing results. Therefore, an increasing number of network marketers are looking for online ways to generate mlm leads.

The basic way to generate leads on the Internet is to put up a website or landing page, drive traffic to it, and get a percentage of visitors to opt in by filling out a form asking for their contact information. Increasing web site traffic is a major topic in itself an

d is covered in a separate article. The other key part of lead generation is raising the percentage of visitors who opt in when you get them to your site. This is called conversion.

These are the nine major strategies we teach our team members to get higher conversion at their website or landing page. Top results with conversion begin with proper website design. The sole purpose of the web site is to do just one thing and do it efficiently…get the maximum percentage of traffic to opt in.

Your page should be a clean layout, be fast loading, simple to read, and deliver the information the visitor is expecting to see.

Avoid links going to other pages. Avoid using flashing images and other distractions.

Like in all other advertising, you still must use compelling headlines and body copy. If you don’t capture their attention, you will not get them to opt in.

Make it simple and clear what they need to do. As an example, direct them to enter their first name and email address in the

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box below.

Make it clear what the prospect will get for opting in. People are increasingly hesitant about giving out their personal information. Make it clear you have what they want.

Avoid asking for unnecessary information on the opt in form. The less information you request, the higher your conversion rate will usually be.

Offer a bonus to get more optins.

Maintain and display a clear No-spam policy.

Always test different versions of your website or landing page. Keep looking for what gets the highest results.

Increasing the percentage of visitors who do opt in may be more critical than driving more traffic to your website or landing page. Follow these tips to improve conversion on your website or landing page and you can generate more mlm leads.

About The Author
Joe Barclay is an expert at training others to quickly, easily create success online. Read this and other generate mlm leads articles he’s written. Learn to create a flood of leads and be a top earner in any business by subscribing to Joe’s free online MLM training.

9 Methods To Get Higher Website Conversion And Generate More MLM Leads.

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SERP(Search engine results pages)

Millions of users search for information on subjects every day around the globe using search engines such as ;

Google Yahoo and Bing.

This action results in the production of a list of websites, or serps, that search engines deem as being relevant to the search query.

Serps simply stands for ‘Search Engine Results Pages‘.

Typically, the user goes to websites that are listed highest in the serps. Because of this behaviour, seo consultants, webmasters and site owners work tirelessly to get their sites ranked high in the search results. However, top positioning in the serps isn’t something that comes about through chance; top-ranking is achieved only after a systematic improvement of various aspects of a website are put into effect.

This is what SEO is all about.

What is SEO?

The acronym SEO stands for ‘Search Engine Optimization‘.

SEO is the process of improving a website – both its internal and external facets – for the purpose of increasing its visibility to search engines and of course, web users.

Examples of what the process may include are ;

keyword research – to find the most appropriate keywords for a website, addition of unique, and engaging content, link building, social media marketing, modification of a site’s HTML source code for maximum search engine visibility.

The purpose of SEO

The sole purpose of SEO is to increase a website’s visibility to the search engines. A site that is visible to search engines – also known as a search-engine friendly site – has better chances of appearing in the serps and achieving higher rankings.

Increased and prominent visibility in search engine results, brings in more traffic to the website. Increased traffic often translates into increased sales, goal conversions, sign ups and perhaps downloads.

Since its inception in 1989, internet usage has grown exponentially. In 1990, only 3 million people across the globe had access to the web. Nearly three quarters of these users were in the United States, fifteen percent were living in Western Europe, and the rest were based in Canada, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Israel.

People living outside these countries had virtually no access to the internet. Ten years later, by the start of the year 2000, the number of people connected to the internet had expanded to 250 million globally, with users in Asia exceeding the number of users in both North America or Western Europe by the end of the year.

Presently, the number of internet users has ballooned to over 2 billion; fifty-seven percent of these users are in developing countries. With current global population estimated to be 6.97 billion, this means that nearly one person out of three is online.

The most popular online activities are search and email, especially among adult users. Ninety-two percent of adult internet users use search engines daily to search for information on the Web, be it research data, solutions to problems, or products to buy. Search is now a habit for most web surfers. As of today, it’s claimed that Google processes over 3 billion searches per day.

Meanwhile, the web continues to grow. As of the end of May 2011, there were close to 210 million domain names on the Web, 15.3 million more than the previous year, and each year sees the numbers rising.

Rising as well is the number of people engaging in online spending. Online shopping has spiked in recent years, threatening established traditional retailers who have failed to adapt to shifting consumer behavior brought about by the Web.

Thus, for anyone who wants to succeed in any type of online endeavor, it is of critical importance to be highly visible in search. Search is one of the best ways to reach a market or an audience. Being listed in the top results is crucial to online success. A site that ranks high in search engine results conveys a certain respectability and garners a bigger amount of traffic that often converts to greater online sales.

When it comes to building an online business, high visibility in search engine results is key. And therein lays the importance of search engine optimization